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Day: September 12, 2018

Kevin Langston, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for tourism, presents Jan Hackett, president of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, with the 2018 Larry Allen Tourism Award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, alongside GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson and Rashelle Beasley, president of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Credit: Jode Mull

Jan Hackett receives Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award

BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA—SEPT. 2018—President of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Jan Hackett, was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Atlanta, Aug. 29. Jan received The Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership skills and abilities. The award is […]

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District Attorney warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes

Like cigarettes, vaping is illegal to people under 18 years of age. By Elaine Owen, Editor Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. In a press release Sept. 6, 2018, Sosebee said during the last week, several teens in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties have experienced medical […]

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Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie make $10 million donation to Super Pac dedicated to electing veterans from both parties

Jeff Bezos gives $10 million to help put more Veterans in Congress

NEWS RELEASE – Sept. 5, 2018 Amazon founder and owner of the Washington Post Jeff Bezos is venturing further into the political arena with a $10 million donation to help get more veterans of both parties elected to Congress. Bezos, the world’s richest man, has long shied away from making major political or philanthropic contributions. […]

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Hurricane Florence

Some Carolina patients evacuated to Georgia health facilities

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia are receiving patients evacuating from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Southeastern coast, state officials said Tuesday. Georgia appears likely to escape the brunt of the Category 4 storm as it spins toward landfall. But state health care officials […]

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Alex Jones suspended from Twitter

Twitter has permanently banned Alex Jones and InfoWars

Twitter said Thursday it had “permanently suspended” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website, Infowars, for sharing a series of tweets and videos, including verbal attacks on a reporter that Jones livestreamed outside of a congressional hearing the day before. The company said in a statement that it implemented the ban because it was not […]

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Tax refund for veterans 2018

Big tax refunds coming for 130,000 veterans

By Karen Jowers, Military Times More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991—a minimum of $1,750 per veteran. While exact estimates are not available because each veteran’s payout varies, the government could be paying out a minimum of […]

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